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Face Palm: Videogames
  • Squall Leonhart of Final Fantasy VIII has a facepalm as one of his stock gestures, and he uses it often. The mannerism is iconic enough that it was carried over into the Kingdom Hearts games as well.
  • Final Fantasy VI
    • The opera Impresario, who's very sensitive about his operas, does this when an act goes wrong or when it may go wrong. It is probable, though, that his "face palm" is more of a corny, theatrical and/or dramatical gesture of distress, (you know, that old cover-your-face-with-your-arm/hand-whilds-wistfully-going-"Oh" thingy,) rather than the common, slightly more humorous usage of the gesture. This would make sense seeing as he is, well, the impresario of an opera.
    • A straight example of this occurs when Gau leads Sabin and Cyan to a cave, to show them a "shiny shiny". Once they arrive... he forgets where it is, cuing a facepalm.
  • Final Fantasy X: Tidus applies Percussive Maintenance to an ancient computer console. Rikku responds in tried and tested fashion.
    • Lulu responds to a lot of Tidus's and Wakka's shenanigans by burying her face in her hand.
    • When Yuna emerges from an Al Bhed ship, having beaten up its crew - rendering your party's rescue pointless - Lulu, Kimahri and even Tidus are shown doing this at once. Then the normal victory music plays.
  • Fire Emblem: Kent, whenever Sain starts making his moves on a girl. See on the right hand side here.
  • In Dead Space, the main character does a facepalm after he learns that his girlfriend, who he thought was alive, was Dead All Along. A sad facepalm indeed.
  • In the Professor Layton series, both Layton and Luke do this if they get a puzzle wrong. Layton pulls the brim of his tophat over his eyes, while Luke does the classic forehead slap.
  • In Utawarerumono This is Eruruw's default expression for when Hakuoro does something stupid — but not stupid enough to get seriously angry over (which he does often).
  • World of Warcraft added a /facepalm emote in patch 3.0.2, although it only produces a predefined text message and not animated. It's also one of the few emotes the game's statistics page will track on your character; they expect you to use it that much.
  • Tales of Monkey Island gives the second-most-intelligent character in its opening sequence (namely: a monkey) one of these right before everything goes to hell.
  • It was only logical that the facepalm became an emote in Star Trek Online.
  • Team Fortress 2
    • The Spy class on a losing team can be seen face palming if he is still alive during the aptly named "Humiliation" phase. He also does this in one of the official comics: In "A Smissmas Story", he face palms and rests his head on the desk when Soldier (acting as Spy and Scout's lawyer) encourages Scout to go with a completely ludicrous testimony.
    • The Sniper does the hat version in his "Meet the Sniper" video when he's trying to talk to his father on the phone.
  • In BlazBlue Jin and Hakumen facepalm if they lose to Time Up.
  • In another Arc System Works example, this is Baiken's taunt in Guilty Gear.
  • Dark Forces Saga: Kyle Katarn will do this when he gets bored game-over due to some reason other than his own death.
  • Mass Effect 1: If you're romancing Liara, she will do this when Joker interrupts your Almost Kiss on the mess deck.
  • Mass Effect 2 features a few:
    • You met the fanboy from the first game, Conrad Verner, trying to terrorize an asari bartender.
    Conrad: ... Yeah, my wife was really supportive of this whole thing. She even paid for my shuttle ticket offworld!
    Bartender: (facepalm)
    • Also seen on the Migrant Fleet when, against Tali's earnest request not to ask Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib Qwib about his name, you ask Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib Qwib about his name.
    Shepard: You have a ship named Qwib Qwib?
    Tali: (facepalm) Oh, here we go...
  • Mass Effect 3: Shepard has this reaction to seeing Conrad Verner yet again.
    • In the Citadel DLC, this is Miranda's response to Shepard suggesting that she sleep with Jack, and Liara's response to James's attempt to claim that physical conditioning trumps biotics.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • In Sonic Colors (Wii version), Sonic does a facepalm in the cutscene where Tails is attempting to figure out what the Wisps are saying. ("He says his name is Talks-a-lot and he's from a far off soda...") Yacker (the Wisp Tails was trying to translate for) also facepalms. At the exact same time as Sonic does.
    • Sonic facepalms up to twice more throughout Sonic Generations. First time is if Chemical Plant Act 2 is the second act of that level to be completed—after Amy speaks her line, Modern Sonic facepalms. He facepalms once more during the Reveal.
  • Psychonauts
    • If you're watching him, Raz pulls this off during the boss fight in Black Velvetopia. It's not the main focus, but not easy to miss, either — just pay attention to him while Edgar reverts to El Odio.
    • While we're on the topic, Sasha gets the chance at the end of the game, when Ford's psitanium wears off and Chef Cruller returns.
  • Also done in Brütal Legend (which is from the creators of Psychonauts). During the intro, the band Eddie was a roadie for starts their new song with a really badass and edgy guitar riff...only to transition into sissy pop singing. Eddie then facepalms.
    Eddie: I can fix anything...except that.
    Unnamed roadie: Metal is dead.
  • As of Tools of Destruction, Clank seems to be prone to this — it's usually aimed at Qwark... or, on one memorable occasion, the Plumber.
  • In the pre-release trailer for Transformers: War for Cybertron showing off the exclusive preorder character, Shockwave, Starscream gets one when Shockwave has "The Touch" playing during his scene.
  • If you play the game In the 1st Degree right, Tobin will do this shortly after having a meltdown in the courtroom. This is probably due to him realizing that he just effectively hanged himself.
  • In .hack//G.U., Haseo does this so often it's one of his standard animations.
  • One of Hawke's recurring animations in Dragon Age II
    Jansen the drunken miner: My farm supplied eggplant to half of South Reach!
    Other drunken miner: Oh yeah? Well, my eggplant supplied half the bastards in South Reach!
    (drunken laughter)
    Hawke: (facepalm)
    • Sarcastic Hawke pulls another one during the quest where he/she looks for an escaped prisoner in Act 1.
    Lia the kidnappee: He didn't mean to hurt me! There are demons who made him do all these horrible things!
    Hawke: (facepalm) I should remember this one. "A demon made me do it."
  • Ken does this in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo when his playfield his halfway full of gems.
  • IF frequently facepalms in Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2.
  • Seen in the PlayStation 3 Updated Re-release of Eternal Sonata in the Lament Mirror dungeon. Frederic Chopin is stuck alone with the eight-year-old Salsa, who is whining about a lack of food, and asks him to use his magic powers to create a steak. He tells her that magic is not a tool of convenience and she throws a full-on tantrum, causing him to facepalm.
  • In Star Wars: The Old Republic, on one of the Sith Warrior missions you have the option of sleeping with Lord Grathan's wife. Later you can brag about it to Darth Baras, prompting a facepalm from Vette.
  • In Tales of Graces, Cheria double facepalms after her attempt at seducing Asbel at the Beach Resort fails.
  • One of Kratos's stock skit animations in Tales of Symphonia is a very dainty facepalm.
  • The lose screen of the Silver Surfer NES game is the Surfer himself kneeling and facepalming. You'll be seeing this screen a lot.
  • Poker Night 2: Ash will do a dramatic double facepalm if he's not pleased with the hand he's dealt. He'll then proceed to try to bluff his hand after that.
  • Tales of Xillia has Milla place her fingers on her forehead while slowly shaking her head back and forth when Ivar shows up making an ass of himself.
  • The Gray Garden: During an early scene, Yosafire falls down a hole. Froze responds by burying her cheek in her palm and chewing her out.

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